In a closely contested race in Massachusetts, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beat out Sen. Bernie Sanders by just 2.2 percent on Super Tuesday.
The Vermont independent held rallies in the state the day before the primary in addition to spending time campaigning in the state last week. Massachusetts was critical for Sanders as it neighbors his home state and is needed to make up for the the southern states Clinton was expected to dominate.
Clinton also spent her Monday morning in The Bay State and had her husband, former President Bill Clinton, acting as a surrogate, USA Today reports.
According to Politico, the self-described socialist outspent Clinton on advertising by nearly double, having allocated $1.35 million in campaign funds toward the state compared to Clinton’s $547,000.
Ahead of the primary, the former first lady had an edge on Sanders, with the Real Clear Politics average showing her with a 6.8 percent lead.
Ninety-one of the 116 delegates were up for grabs in the state, which are allocated proportionally – the other 25 are superdelegates who are free to choose the candidate of their choice at the convention.
Polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and closed at 8:00 p.m EST.
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